The 33-year-old director of the Franklin County School District’s after-school program in Eastpoint was arrested Tuesday on a charge of having sex with a male high school student under age 18.
Jeana Crozier, was charged Monday with engaging in sexual activity with a person age 16 or 17, a second-degree felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison. She was released on $2,500 bond.
According to a news release from the sheriff’s office and the school district, the district received a report of “a suspected inappropriate relationship” between Crozier and the high school student.
“The student volunteered at the after school program which she worked and also met at her house a few times,” read the sheriff’s release.
The release said the school administration “strongly encouraged the reporting employee to make a report to the Department of Children and Families' child abuse hotline” and that Superintendent Traci Moses reported the matter to Sheriff AJ Smith.
“Both agencies collaborated with the Florida Department of Children and Families throughout the course of the investigation,” read the release.
Moses said Crozier was first placed on paid administrative leave, pending the outcome of the DCF and sheriff investigations, Following her arrest, Moses said she will recommend termination of employment at the Franklin County School Board's next meeting.
The Nest program serves elementary, and in fewer cases middle school students, at two locations, the former Brown Elementary School in Eastpoint and on the campus of the former Carrabelle High School.
The funding comes through a 21st Century Community Learning Center grant, which the district administers. Competition for these after-school grants remains an issue every few years, as grants are either renewed or terminated. “We don’t know if were going to get that funding,” Moses said.
She said that she did not believe any of Crozier’s alleged improprieties with the underage male were onsite, and that no other children at the program, which serves about 100 students at the site, were involved.
“As superintendent, my number one priority is ensure student safety and quality of education,” she said. “My number one priority has to be what’s best for kids and there are always policies and procedures that govern that and I have to enforce that.”
Smith echoed Moses’ concerns in the release.
“It is the top priority of the Franklin County School District and the Franklin County Sheriff's Office to maintain student safety in our schools and in our community,” he said. “This type of behavior erodes the trust that our youth instill in those responsible for their care.
The release closed by noting that if you should ever suspect any form of child abuse or neglect, to please contact DCF and the FCSO.